This should delight the Sherlock fangirls on Tumblr: Benedict Cumberbatch, who’s currently shooting The Fifth Estate, in which he plays controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, is reportedly in talks to take on his next awesomely nerdy role. Deadline reports that Mr. Cumberbatch may be gearing up to play Alan Turing in a biopic about the famous British mathematician’s life.
Mr. Turing is a storied character in computer science history, having cracked a code during World War II that helped the Allies defeat Germany. He also invented the Turing Test, which helps gauge a computer’s ability to behave indistinguishably from a human. In the ’50s, Mr. Turing was prosecuted by the British government for being gay, choosing chemical castration over prison time, which eventually lead to his suicide. So: a real feel good movie!
With so many nerd-friendly roles already under his belt (including The Hobbit and Star Trek), we can only hope Mr. Cumberbatch will soon accept a role as Steve “Sweaty” Ballmer in the smash-hit musical comedy Developers!